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The 'Spotters Hut' is a iconic part of the Queens Park Caravan Park and is set to be maintained and protected as part of the proposed plans.
Draft Plan for Queens Park Caravan Park
Submissions are now invited on a Revised Draft Master Plan for the Queens Park Caravan Park in Lorne.
The plan identifies a proposed layout for the park and its facilities and services. The plan also provides background information including key issues and objectives, park values and outlines how the revised draft has responded to feedback received during previous consultation on a preliminary draft (conducted in December 2013 and January 2014).
The revised draft can be viewed and submissions can be made online here.
Alternatively, the plan can be viewed and hard copy submission forms can be collected at the following locations:
- The GORCC Office (35 Bell Street, Torquay VIC)
- The Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park Office (2 Great Ocean Road, Lorne VIC)
The submission period closes Sunday 17 May 2015.
GORCC Staff and Birdlife Australia volunteers are thrilled that three Hooded Plover chicks have survived this season.
Record survival against the odds
Two Hooded Plover chicks at Moggs Creek and one at Point Roadknight have overcome all odds and taken flight.
Just four vulnerable Hooded Plover chicks on the Surf Coast have fledged after surviving the dangerous 60 days from hatching to fledging since 2010.
The survival of the two chicks at Moggs Creek is a feat made even more impressive given they were raised by a single dad. The chicks’ mother perished in what is thought to have been a dog, fox or cat attack earlier in 2015, while their sibling was taken by a fox.
The Hooded Plovers have one of the lowest survival rate of any species in the world at 2.5% and are listed as vulnerable under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999.
Volunteers, Birdlife Australia staff and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) team worked tirelessly to protect the chicks from the many threats these beach-nesting birds face.
Efforts were ramped up over the breeding season with the ‘Save the Hoodie’ campaign launched to urge beachgoers to stay well away from nests and keep dogs out of these areas.
$1000 in prizes donated by G Boards and Go Ride A Wave is still up for grabs, with the the 'Save the Hoodie' competition set to close on 1 April, for more details on how to enter click the link below.
GORCC Education Activity Leader Pete Crowcroft with Torquay College students.
Hundreds descend on beach classroom
260 Torquay College students swapped the classroom for the beach recently as part of educational activities led by Torquay Surf Lifesaving Club and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC).
The year 5 and 6 students enjoyed a week of outdoor activities, guest speakers and hands on learning as part of GORCC’s Environmental Education Program.
Activities focused on topics such as dune preservation, marine wildlife and the importance of fragile ecosystems. Rock pool investigations were popular, with students relishing the opportunity to discover the interesting creatures that live on the coast.
Foxes are stealthy, opportunistic predators and they're having devestating impact on our environment.
Combined forces in feral fight
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee and Surf Coast Shire are partnering to boost fox control programs in an effort to protect native coastal wildlife.
The Surf Coast Shire has contributed $3000 to GORCC’s current program which has already seen $4000 in GORCC funds invested this financial year.
GORCC CEO Richard Davies said the funding would boost GORCC’s ongoing efforts and help to protect native fauna including the vulnerable Hooded Plover.
“Many native species are under threat from these introduced predators and beach-nesting shorebirds such as the Hooded Plover are particularly vulnerable.
“With only 2.5% of Hooded Plover chicks currently surviving until they fledge, every effort we make is vital to their existence.
We thank the Surf Coast Shire for their generous support of this vital work,” he said.
Read the full media release
Beacon Ecological Consultant and environmental volunteer Luke Hynes with GORCC Conservation staff Georgie Beale and Evan Francis.
Environmental monitoring to provide coast snapshot
A new monitoring program is set to identify what fauna species are living on our coastal reserves and measure the success of ongoing conservation works.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) is working with volunteer groups to establish a monitoring system which will gather data using a range of techniques including infrared cameras, and mammal surveys.
Flora surveying will also be conducted, with transect lines and photo points to be set up on conservation sites.
GORCC Environmental Projects Manager, Alex Sedger said that the program will provide an in-depth analysis of the different species living along the coast and help GORCC and volunteers to develop conservation strategies.
Environmental Projects Coordinator Alex Sedger with young open day participants Sam and Max
GORCC Open Day Fun
The recent Australia Day weekend saw crowds flock to the foreshore to enjoy the spectacular weather. The GORCC Open Day was held on the Saturday of the three day holiday, with a marquee set up on the Elephant Walk Reserve in Torquay.
The successful event attracted approximately 160 locals and visitors who came along to have their say, learn about GORCC’s work and projects, enjoy the giveaways and prizes on offer or participate in the fun, free environmental activities.
Not surprisingly the education activity stall was the stand out favourite of the day providing entertainment and education to kids of all ages who made their own ‘insect hotels’, created their own Hooded Plover badges and more.
While the kids were busy creating their masterpieces at the activity stall, mums, dads and grandparents asked questions about the coast and had their say on GORCC projects. The GORCC’s Draft Coastal User Transport Strategy
was on display as was information about coastal hazards and coastal safety.